Worldwide courier jobs seem to be the ideal choice for those who dream of seeing the world. Who wouldn't want to get paid to travel? However, courier jobs have some significant disadvantages that may detract from the glamour.
Worldwide couriers are hired by air travel courier services to transport packages quickly and cheaply around the world. The packages travel in a plane's cargo hold in the space ordinarily assigned to the courier's luggage. The courier ensures the package (blueprints, medical laboratory, specimens, among other items) arrives safely. Or, couriers may carry sensitive documents, such as passports, securities documentation or corporate information.
Technically, the only requirements to become a courier are to be 18 years old or older and have a valid passport. However, in order to be hired by a reputable company, you should prove that you are responsible, have extensive experience in international airline travel and a clean criminal record.
Depending on the courier service's policies, couriers may have to pay at least a portion of their airfare. However, the courier service may be able to provide a discounted fare. Last-minute trips may be available for free.
Generally, couriers are only allowed to carry two small pieces of carry-on luggage. They must have a flexible schedule and travel light. Some assignments arrive on short notice and require quick departure.
Find courier jobs by searching telephone and Internet directories, and job boards. Some courier service companies offer local and international courier services. Employers may be more likely to hire a worldwide courier with local delivery experience.
Some courier services hire couriers on a per-project basis, giving the courier a discounted fare or free travel. Others who hire couriers as employees pay about £13,000 per year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports few opportunities for couriers to advance. Many couriers may learn skills on the job for other shipping and delivery positions, such as dispatching, receiving and/or truck driving.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the number of courier jobs to remain steady through 2016. While electronic information techniques have largely eliminated the need for document couriers, oversized materials, securities documentation and other sensitive or fragile materials will still need to be hand-delivered. As other couriers leave their positions, those posts will need to be filled.